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Go Tigers Go Necklace

One of my girlfriends has a knack for finding the good stuff at thrift stores. She’s especially gifted at uncovering jewelry that needs just a little tlc. A few months ago, she came across a necklace with a silver and blue tiger paw charm on it. We work at the University of Memphis. Our mascot is a tiger, and our school colors are blue and grey. We’re forever on the lookout for Tiger Blue clothing and accessories.

She knew this necklace had potential, but it needed work. The rubber-coated wire that the charm was on was simply awful. Because of the heavy gauge wire, the necklace was too stiff and circular, making it not at all attractive or comfortable to wear. The charm was the true treasure. She polished it up, and the paw looked gorgeous. We think that it’s either sterling silver or silver-plated.

Once she had the charm all spiffed up, my friend brought me the necklace and told me to do something fabulous with it. So began my quest for the perfect beads. I finally found them at an Intergalactic Bead Show. Yes, I know the name sounds crazy, but their bead shows can be a lot of fun. More importantly, I usually get great deals. My beads were waiting for me at the Dragon Fly Wings booth. The most beautiful, cobalt blue glass beads jumped off the display at me. They look like sea glass, a teeny bit frosted but translucent enough to look magnificent in the sun. The vendor had them in two sizes (4mm and 6mm), and I didn’t think twice about buying them.

I revamped the tiger paw necklace that night when I got home from the bead show. To add some pizzazz and break up the blue, I strung the blue beads intermittently with silver spacers. The tiger paw charm was, of course, prominently featured.

Go Tigers Go Necklace | LulaBelle Handicrafts

I was so excited to show my friend what I had come up with and couldn’t wait to see her wear the new version of the necklace. She loved it. As I should have known, she refused to take it, telling me her plan all along was for me to have the necklace because she thought that I would wear it more. I am a pretty big Tigers’ fan, so she may be right!

Go Tigers Go Necklace | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Every time I wear this necklace, someone asks me where I got it. I love to tell them about our creative collaboration, but folks are usually then disappointed that they can’t have one of their own. If we could only find more of the tiger paws, I think we could make a fortune! Until then, I’ll keep sporting my one-of-kind necklace. Go Tigers Go!

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Lock & Key Jewelry

While I was out shopping for supplies for Valentine’s Day decorations, I stopped by the jewelry department in the craft store. I figured since I was already in the store it wouldn’t hurt to take a peak. Apparently it was my lucky day because my favorite Hobby Lobby jewelry collection – Explorer by Traditions – was on sale for 50% off. This collection features funky charms and found object pieces that always inspire me.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I picked up some lock and key charms. Each pack of these contains 12 pieces in assorted colors, and they retail for only $2.99! It’s almost too good to be true when you can get them on sale. As I paid for them, I was already envisioning the jewelry they would become.

I searched through my beading stash for chains to make a necklace. Luckily I had a copper chain that matched the lock and key charms. First, I attached a lobster claw to one end of the chain and a jump ring to the other. I then slipped both a lock and key charm onto another jump ring and attached it to the chain. It took me longer to get out my supplies than to make the actual necklace! In under 5 mins., I had a cute, little Valentine’s necklace.

Lock and Key Necklace

Since I have an earring addiction, I just had to make a pair with these charms. I decided to go a little funky and make the pair out of one lock and one key. I simply slipped them onto matching earring wires. Again, this was super easy.

Lock and Key Earrings

Both of these jewelry projects are quick and easy, so they are perfect for doing while the little ones are napping.  I also think they are versatile enough to be worn year round. You can certainly expect to see me sporting these darling earrings any time I feel like it! Happy Valentine’s Day crafting!

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Chunky I-Cord Necklace

Now that the weather is finally cold and the holidays are almost over, all I want to do is drink tea and knit. I must admit that I am a bit of a yarn shopaholic. My yarn basket is overflowing right now, so I figure I should use some of what I already have. Plus it will make feel less guilty about buying new yarn!

To get back into the knitting groove, I rifled through some of my leftover yarn and found a good bit of one of my favorites – Lion Brand’s Homespun in Fiesta. I love this yarn because the color palette and variations are just beautiful. Since I already have a scarf (or two!) and a hat made out of it, I decided to experiment and make an I-Cord Necklace.

You might remember the Wool I-Cord Bangle I made last fall. The technique is exactly the same, but the resulting I-Cord is chunkier and funkier with Homespun yarn. Before I knew it, I had an I-Cord about 6 ft. long. Yes, I know that seems really long. I mentioned previously my love of the color variations in the Fiesta yarn, so I wanted to capture all of them in my necklace. A longer length also makes it more versatile since you can choose your length depending on your mood and outfit.

Chunky I-Cord Necklace in Fiesta Homespun

I consider this knitting experiment a success, so much so that I’ve already made another necklace out of more leftover Homespun yarn, this time in Corinthian. For this necklace, I left the length shorter. I only made the I-Cord long enough to easily fit over my head.

Chunky I-Cord Necklace in Corinthian Homespun

I hope this inspires you to come up with creative uses for your leftover yarn. Happy knitting!